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Farming

Farmer's last chance

Phillip Woolley Marlborough's Phillip Woolley, called NZ's 'most recidivist' offender, faces prison if he doesn't clean up his act.

Take lepto seriously

Inglewood vet Aaron Chambers The impact of leptospirosis will have far-reaching effects on the family and colleagues of a vet battling the disease.

Think diversification

Massey University's Dr Nick Roskruge Maori agriculture has "huge" potential for development but only 20 per cent of its farmland is well developed a researcher claims.

Perfect on-farm partnership

A ram Two farmers have combined their skills and farms' strengths to breathe new life into a long-established romney stud.

Perendale perfection

Nic Zimmerman Tony Benny meets a Chatham Islands farmer who runs a low-cost, easy-care operation supplying perendales to the mainland.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

Farmer's last chance

Phillip Woolley Marlborough's Phillip Woolley, called NZ's 'most recidivist' offender, faces prison if he doesn't clean up his act.

Storm frightens farmer

Lightning is believed to have killed a cow as a violent electrical storm hit the Kaipara region this morning.

Farmers' rain wish granted

Odours linked to illness

Westland plans shop-ready milk

Westland Milk Products says a $40 million investment at a Rolleston manufacturing centre will allow it to produce "retail-ready milk".

Teamwork a key to success

Mick and Karen Williams with Tom, 11, Ollie, 9, and India, 5. Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Approach pays dividends

A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Meat exports hit high

Status quo is inefficient

SFF boss steps down

Keith Cooper is leaving the red meat co-operative after eight years in the CEO role.

Perfect on-farm partnership

A ram Two farmers have combined their skills and farms' strengths to breathe new life into a long-established romney stud.

Perendale perfection

Tony Benny meets a Chatham Islands farmer who runs a low-cost, easy-care operation supplying perendales to the mainland.

Raising rare breeds

Volatility the enemy

Shrek back from the grave

After two years in a box, Shrek the sheep is ready to meet his adoring public.

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim

PSA kiwifruit vine A group attempting to sue the government over the 2010 PSA outbreak has delayed filing key papers in the High Court for the second time in less than a week.

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain

Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers are worried too.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

Kiwi kiwifruit prospers

A frost that devastated the Chilean kiwifruit crop this year has led to high returns for NZ growers.

Take lepto seriously

Inglewood vet Aaron Chambers The impact of leptospirosis will have far-reaching effects on the family and colleagues of a vet battling the disease.

New life for old girl

Allan Andrews' tractor has retired to the country after its previous life as a road sweeper.

Focus on grassland

SFF looks at new direction

Think diversification

Maori agriculture has "huge" potential for development but only 20 per cent of its farmland is well developed a researcher claims.

There is a way through

depression bullying suicide Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Beet the bolters

Black beetle warning

Pasture pests, particularly black beetle, are looming as a major problem this summer.

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Hoki Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Live mussel export ban

Social licence vital for aquaculture

New Zealand's $400 million aquaculture industry needs to earn its "social licence" as it looks to grow to a $1 billion sector by 2025.

Loving the lifestyle

Letitia Hamill An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Friends united

While many Women's Institutes are struggling for members, one such group in Manawatu is bucking the trend.